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  1. Why do job postings say no experience necessary, but one year preferred and then when you apply you get an automated message saying "We are currently looking at more qualified/experienced applicants".

    Does anyone hire new grads? I know they have to because that is the only way you can get experience to begin with.

    I never worked as a tech/CNA. I chose to spend my non-school time with my family (husband and baby). Is that going to keep me from ever getting a job?
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    Joined: Jul '02; Posts: 315
    brand new grad

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  3. by   granola303
    Unfortunately, I don't have any advice for you. I'm in the same position! I'm a brand new RN graduate, and I've just moved to a new area of the country (Louisville, KY from Wash, DC). On top of that I've never had a job in healthcare, so I feel like I don't have the advantage that locals or people who took externships do. I never thought that, with the so-called nationwide nursing shortage going strong, I'd have such a hard time finding a job. 5 of the 7 times I've applied to local hospitals, I've been turned down. Two I'm just waiting for because it seems like it takes people here weeks just to get you a response.

    It's frustrating and discouraging, but now that I've got this degree I want to do something with it (and be able to pay off my student loans without having to live on ramen noodles)!
  4. by   RNsRWe
    Best I can suggest is to try to stick to those areas that really ARE no experience needed normally (like med/surg, the stomping ground of so many new grads!). Other places may very well be interested in hiring someone with no experience, but ONLY AFTER exhausting other options, as in "we're considering those with more experience first".

    But then, don't give up. Unless you're flat out told "don't come back", lol, it can't hurt to call back HR after a bit and see if that job IS still open....sometimes persistence pays off. I know of someone who everyone thought had a snowball's chance in hell of getting a certain job, but she kept calling back and calling back, and now is employed there
  5. by   det01
    Just wanted to let everyone know I did get a job - one I really wanted in fact! Thanks for the advice though!
  6. by   llg
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    Just wanted to let everyone know I did get a job - one I really wanted in fact! Thanks for the advice though!
    Good for you! Congratulations!

    Sometimes, it just takes a little patience and persistence. Even though there is a shortage, the better hospitals are trying to be wise in their hiring -- not just hiring anyone, but focusing in on those who will be the best fit for the job. It's too expensive for them to make mistakes in hiring. Many are taking their time and choosing carefully.

    I hope you enjoy your new job.

    llg
  7. by   willdgate
    Believe it or not it is hard to get a job as a new RN , even though they say it is 'nursing shortage', but sometimes you have to apply for positions that you would not imagine working, ex. small or large hositals... b/c those neat and clean hospitals may not call back, b/c you may not fit in with their "work environment". Try everything if you are hard up for cash, like peds, ob, psych, med-surg.... but med-surg is not as easy to get a job as people think as a nurse. I hate med-surg, but will work there if forced to.
    Most jobs do want experience so get at least 6 to 1 year experience in med-surg. Also, I don't believe nurses are respected enough by other nurses.
    Just wanted to vent

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